Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has called 1st National Consultation Meet with films artists, producers, exhibitors and distributors to develop Pakistan’s First National Film, Production and Broadcast Policy 2017. The meeting will held in Karachi on May 5-6, 2017.
Day one of the consultation conference will feature three sessions including inaugural session, Open House and exclusive consultation session with the film artists. Day two will have exclusive consultation sessions with the local film producers/production houses, and Pakistan film exhibitors’ association. The conference will end up drafting Pakistan’s first film, production and broadcasting policy 2017.
This is not the first time that the current Information Minister will be taking any serious step for the Pakistani film industry, just recently, during an award show in Lahore, she announced that her government will work to give tax exemption to the industry. The minister also recently met French and Polish ambassadors separately to discuss joint ventures in film, production and broadcast.
Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also constructed a special clearance committee to review the import of Indian movies and other related issues. Ms. Maryam Aurangzeb was given the task to head the sixteen members committee consisting different stakeholders including cinema owners, producers, and film distributors.
“Pakistan film industry as an alternative entertainment, promoted positive image of Pakistan. Our production was at zero but right now, because of business interventions, it is at 73,” told Aurangzeb in an interview on Geo News. “If Pakistan industry wants to sustain, it needs to produce 200 movies per year,” she added.